Add Muscle To Your Miters
Shopmade L-shaped tenons create a powerful joint
Miter joints are perfect for seamless joinery, such as when you want long grain to flow around a door frame, the edge of a case piece, or from leg to rail in a chair. The joint is also great for sheet goods because it hides the inner layers. But the glue surface in the joint is mediocre, and there isn’t much space to reinforce the joint to make it stronger. L-tenons, shopmade right-angle slip tenons that allow you to sink a long leg into each side of a miter joint and add plenty of glue surface, are a clever solution. Here, three furniture makers who use this joint often share their L-tenon know-how.